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What Fools We Be

Hey, it could be worse ... half an hour ago the MSM was reporting that the job was being given to Al Gore.

pResident Obola Names Ron Klain As EBOLA CZAR

Man with NO MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AT ALL to head national Ebola effort

(But hey, he stayed in a Best Western last night!)





The United States has no Surgeon General. We have not had a surgeon general in some time. Obama has made two attempts to fill the position, both times with political appointees. IIRC, the first guy was some big cash contributor, and the second guy was some very young doctor who had helped push Obamacare through. One would think that if the position wasn’t a complete sinecure, that being the ultimate doctor in charge during a pandemic would be the reason the post existed. And that having that senior level of gravitas and medical accomplishment would be the primary factors for the position, which ought to transcend politics.

Are you kidding? Obola doesn’t do a think that isn’t political.

So now we have this. Dig the lie in the VERY FIRST SENTENCE.

Obama to name longtime political aide as ‘Ebola czar,’ bypassing senior health official

Responding to growing calls to appoint an “Ebola czar” to lead America’s battle against the deadly virus, sources confirm to Fox News that President Obama plans to name Ron Klain, a longtime political hand with no apparent medical or health care background.

He did, however, serve as chief of staff to Al Gore and later Vice President Biden.

In making the appointment, Obama will effectively bypass another official, Dr. Nicole Lurie, who has served as assistant secretary for preparedness and response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services since July 2009.

Congress, nearly a decade ago, created that post, which would seem to fit the bill for Ebola coordinator—at least on paper.

Yet, as Obama prepares to name Klain, the senior official currently filling that health job has been virtually absent from the public eye. She’s on the team, the Obama administration insists—just not in the lead.

A spokesman with HHS told Fox News that in addition to roles played by other agencies, “Dr. Lurie and her team in ASPR are dealing primarily with advance development of countermeasures, [Public Health Service] deployment, and hospital outreach.”

In other words, Lurie is part of the cast but by no means a central character.

Who da fug be axin fo da ‘bola za? Ain be me. Ain be you. Ain eben da Dembocrats. Who it be?

At least one lawmaker, though, pinpointed her post as the one that should be in charge of the whole operation.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., remembered that Congress had created such a point person in 2006 with the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

When asked in an Oct. 13 interview on MSNBC if he thought the administration needed an Ebola “czar,” Casey said, “I don’t, because under the bill we have such a person in HHS already.”

It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s going forward,” Obama said.

...

“He’s strong. He’s very tough,” said CNN Political analyst David Gergen. “It’s important in this job to be a coordinator; you have to knock heads together. He’s tough enough to do that.”

Gergen said that while Klain doesn’t have a health care background, he does have both domestic policy and foreign policy assignments on his portfolio and both will come into play as the administration deals with Ebola.

Klain will report to both White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, according to a White House official.

So instead of giving the job to the person who OUGHT to have it, the Surgeon General, because that job isn’t filled ... but it is, mostly. We have an acting SG, Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak. So, why not give him the job? Or if he isn’t up to doing the work, then why on earth is he occupying the chair?

Notice also that the new Secretary of Health has NO ROLE HERE. Now that Kathleen Sebelius (hey, remember her??) has vacated the post, it’s been held for 4 months now by Sylvia Burwell. While she is an incumbent, the position is Cabinet Level. She is head of HHS, period. She is the person at the top of the heap, several layers above the Surgeon General. But she isn’t getting this role either. It’s going to some guy. A man. And his “clear lines of communication” on this major health issue don’t go through her, or HHS, AT ALL.  They go through Homeland Security, and the NSA. As if we were dealing with terrorists and spies.

Sounds like they can’t even follow their own protocols.

We are so fucked.


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